Such Ancient Stars

By Harley White posted 01-04-2023 05:55


Credit: NASA & ESA

Such Ancient Stars
Such ancient stars so nightly nigh
may seem, while viewed through aided eye,
that we can only wonder where
or if they shone on beings there
who once won out to do or die
within a when so long gone by
as to bewilder with a sigh
our visioning from earthly lair
such ancient stars.
Though sight we might yet amplify,
our senseless senses often lie.
While animals with talents rare,
in seeing self, we’re unaware,
albeit telescopes descry
such ancient stars.
~ Harley White
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The poem is in the form of a rondeau…
A source of inspiration was the following…
Info and image ~ A collection of ancient stars…
Explanation: The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced this beautiful image of the globular cluster Messier 56 (also known as M 56 or NGC 6779), which is located about 33 000 light years away from the Earth in the constellation of Lyra (The Lyre). The cluster is composed of a large number of stars, tightly bound to each other by gravity. However, this was not known when Charles Messier first observed it in January 1779. He described Messier 56 as “a nebula without stars”, like most globular clusters that he discovered — his telescope was not powerful enough to individually resolve any of the stars visible here, making it look like a fuzzy ball through his telescope’s eyepiece. We clearly see from Hubble’s image how the development of technology over the years has helped our understanding of astronomical objects…
Credit: NASA & ESA